Below is an (almost) exhaustive tome about hair, hair color, and maintaining beautiful hair. We at Salon Tease believe in using the best hair products for color, cleansing, and conditioning the hair. Please take a moment to read the articles below to learn a little bit more about what goes into amazing hair cuts and colors!
Also – don’t hesitate to give us a call at the salon at 239/596.2022 to book your personal consultation with one of our amazing hair stylists!
Advice on Color Correction
Color disaster? No problem. At Salon Tease, our stylists have been correcting hair color for years. You can count on our skill and experience, knowledge of the latest techniques, use of the very best products, and our dedication to restoring health and beauty to your damaged hair.
Disasters happen when you decide to color your own hair, have a friend do it, or employ a hairdresser that is not experienced.
A hair color correction in the hands of a skilled expert will yield amazing results. It can include minor adjustments to the overall tone, or a few highlights to the existing color to make it look more natural, or elimination of unwanted brassy or ashy tones.
There are a few situations when the problem is so severe, where the condition of the hair has been affected, that we need to work with the hair over a period of months before achieving ultimate results. We will always work with you to restore your hair back to health.
In many cases we use a popular technique of highlight/ lowlight combination as a hair color corrective tool to achieve natural looking hair. Highlight/ lowlight technique executed correctly is gentle on the hair. It is used effectively with brunettes, redheads, and blondes.
A very common hair color correction is taking hair that has been colored dark brown or black and taking it lighter or blond. There are various techniques to achieve this depending on the degree of build-up of color and the lightness of blond we want to achieve.
Example Hair Color Disasters
Over bleached blond: One solution would be to lowlight with a warm color, or colors, in order to give depth and shading. This procedure would result in the hair looking healthier and more natural.
Hair has become too dark or black from constant coloring: One solution would be to highlight the whole head with fine strands to break up the solidity of the black, process until the black is out, shampoo, and glaze the hair with a lighter shade of brown.
Very chunky highlights with white shaft and yellowy-orange roots: One solution would be to use a combination highlight/lowlight to balance the strands of hair. The highlights would only be applied on the root to remove the yellow-orange. The lowlight is applied from root to end to eliminate the yellow from the root while filling in the whiteness on the shaft. The combination of the two, combined with a conditioning glaze, leaves the hair looking natural and beautiful.
Unnatural-looking highlights come in many shades: A combination of highlight/lowlight technique with various colors, and, or strength of lighteners can be used to achieve the appropriate balance of lightness and darkness that look natural and beautiful.
Unnatural red: There are various techniques to correct artificial looking red. One solution is to add darker under tones, and it becomes a beautiful chestnut brunette. Another solution is to add a few lighter tones, and it becomes a beautiful strawberry blond. There are many other solutions; it depends on your preferences and taste.
You don’t like red at all! We can transform it into an ash blond by highlighting it heavily while at the same time coloring the hair we left out a darker ash blond, completely eliminating any red tones. The end result is a beautiful multi-shaded ash blond.
When you visit our salon for your hair coloring, pictures can be helpful in understanding your likes and dislikes to various shades and tones. If you have pictures that appeal to you, please bring them to our award-winning Naples Salon.
First Time Hair Color
You’ve decided to color your hair for the first time. Congratulations! We know that you have a lot of questions and would like to first discuss a few important things with you. Are you trying to cover gray? Are you tired of mousy looking color? Do you feel your natural color is too dark for you? Too light? You want to go extreme and completely change your look? Or do you simply want to explore options on how to improve shine, texture, and health of your hair? Don’t worry, we at Salon Tease will meet all your needs.
Gray hair? Gray can be covered or blended using many techniques. Depending on your time commitment we would discuss various ways that are suitable for you. If the percentage of gray is minimum, we might choose to use a semi-permanent color in your natural shade just to blend without any major changes. This method can be re-touched every few months. You might decide to go lighter than your natural, in which case we might decide to add a few strategically placed highlights, to add richness and shine.
If you have a significant amount of gray, a beautiful way of covering gray is to highlight the whole head; while the foils are still on the head, we color the rest of the hair a darker shade of blond. The end result is a beautiful, vibrant, blond on blond color. When we say, “Gray hair becomes young and vibrant!”, we’re talking about these results.
Mousy looking color? There are many simple ways to enrich mousy, dull hair. We can add a glaze to bring out shine and warm tones. We could add a few highlights in various shades to enrich the color. We could go bright and bold by adding lots of highlights in complementary tones to your skin.
Natural color too dark? Depending on how light you want to be, we could either highlight the whole head into reddish, caramel, or honey-gold tones, or a combination of these tones for a more interesting brunette.
We could highlight the whole head into a dark blond with cooler tones. If you want to be really light, we could heavily highlight the whole head with much lighter tones. The choice will depend on you and how you see yourself.
Natural color too light? We can simply add a darker glaze to add depth and shine. If you are not fond of blond, we could add darker shades to your natural color with the lowlight technique. The end result would be deeper, richer looking color
The majority of our clients want beautiful natural looking color, but we do have a percentage of young people that want something different, daring and fun. We do it all, if you want bold color in purple, blue, magenta, electric red, iridescent silver, or any combination of these and other fun shades, we will execute it with class and elegance.
We find that when describing colors, tones, and shades, most clients are not skilled in translating the subtleties in words, for this reason we prefer pictures. We find there is less of a chance for a misunderstanding if we see a picture. Please save and bring with you all pictures of hair color that appeal to you.
Not Happy With Your Present Hair Color?
Talk to us. We’ll listen to you, look carefully at your problem and give you our recommendations on how to get the color results you want, as well as improve the condition of your hair. Our hair coloring services are unbeatable in Naples. Hair color looks its beautiful best when the hair is healthy.
If you’ve been coloring your hair for a while and you’re not happy or exited with the results, it’s time to examine what is happening.
Brunette hair has become dark and flat? One solution is to place fine highlights throughout the hair to bring back tones of red and gold that were darkened with repeat coloring. The shading allows the hair to sparkle and gives it a more natural feeling.
Highlights have lost all contrast and shading? One solution is to add various shades of lowlights throughout the head, with one shade darker than the natural. This technique allows the blond hair to shine through the deeper tones making the hair look healthy and beautiful.
Highlights disappear after a few shampoos? Fine highlights executed with hair color instead of a lightener will look great when you leave the salon, but will oxidize and disappear or become flat and mousy after a few shampoos. One solution is to place a few thicker highlights throughout the hair with a mild lightener, and if necessary add a few lowlights for contrast and depth.
Red hair has lost its sparkle? One solution is to reformulate your existing formula to include a more vibrant tone of red. If the red is dark or brownish, we need to remove some of the build-up with a mild lightener and then proceed to touch-up roots with lighter, brighter formula.
Tired of blond hair/ red hair /or any type of lighten hair/ and want to go back to your natural color? There are various techniques to accomplish this depending on the amount of re-growth and the condition of the hair. One solution is to lowlight the entire head with various shades of color close to your natural (darker and lighter). Using this technique results in a more natural blend, leaving the hair looking healthier, shinier and beautiful.
KERATIN COMPLEX HAIR SMOOTHING SYSTEM
Your frizzy hair can be straight smooth and sexy. The hair experts at Salon Tease can fix your unruly hair!
Keratin Complex smoothing system is a conditioning treatment specially formulated for curly frizzy hair. It eliminates up to 95% of frizz and curl from hair without damage. It leaves hair straighter, smoother, shinier, softer, and more manageable while reducing daily styling time and still leaving luxurious body.
Safe to use on all hair types including color treated and highlighted hair.
The treatment takes 2-4 hours depending on length and thickness of hair.
The effects wear out over 3-5 months leaving no line of demarcation to worry about.
- Hair is straighter, smoother, shinier, softer, and more manageable
- Works equally well on natural or color treated hair
- Gentle on all hair types
- Reduces daily styling time by making blow-drying easier
We also offer Keratin Express – a great way to try out Keratin for 30 days to see if it is right for you! Also good for people with fine hair.
Come in for a complimentary consultation and personal evaluation of the benefit this treatment can be for your hair
Gray Hair……At Its Best
“To color or not to color,” that is the question that many women ask themselves when the first strands of white appear. The trend today is to embrace the natural gray, and liberate oneself from monthly expense of time and money trying to stay ahead of the regrowth. If you opt to wear your hair naturally gray and “wear it best”… You must be impeccably dressed at all times, your clothes current, your makeup perfect, and your hair style should be smooth, soft and chic.
There is a misconception amongst women that hair doesn’t gray until your fifties, sixties or older. This is absolutely not the case. The average person will begin to notice gray as early as their mid-to late twenties. There are exceptions, of course – there are people who gray as young as thirteen or as old as eighty, but these extremes are rare. Oddly enough, women who gray much later in life are actually more obsessed with the implication of going gray than women who gray at an earlier age. The implication being, “I’m getting old.” The truth is, scientists have not found a link between gray hair and actual age in the body, but it doesn’t stop women from feeling old when they find their first white strand. Women who gray younger do not see it as aging, but as a problem that needs to be solved and an excuse to experiment with hair color.
No matter what age one starts to gray, very few end up with naturally beautiful silvery-white hair that looks youthful and gorgeous. Most of us need help from a hair color expert to achieve “young, beautiful hair.” Today, there are endless options and techniques to color gray hair. It all depends on the client – her age, lifestyle, commitment to upkeep, adventurous or timid nature, and many other factors that will determine the technique that is used.
One of the most popular technique is multi-shading…it turns gray mousy hair into beautiful natural blond, brunette, or redhead. The concept behind multi-shading is that all strands of hair get color, starting from the darkest, which might be close to the darkest strands on your head, to the lightest. When the hair grows, the lightest strands will blend into the gray, allowing the line of demarcation to be less noticeable. Depending on the degree of lightness or darkness, this technique will allow you to go six to twelve weeks before needing a retouch. If done correctly, results are stunning and the hair becomes shiny and healthy with lots of depth, turning mousy gray into “young beautiful hair”!
If you have twenty-five percent gray or less and don’t want any major changes, you can use a semi-permanent color similar to your natural shade to blend in the grays. A product such as Wella Color Touch can be used for this process; it will allow you to go six to nine weeks before needing a retouch, and will add shine and body to your hair.
A popular way to blend color in gray without too much upkeep is to weave fine, medium or heavy highlights. Depending on the final desired look, and degree of lightness, this can be done with bleach or color…. or both! This process will allow you to go two to three months before needing a retouch.
Salt and pepper gray hair can be enhanced by adding fine, medium, or heavy silver-platinum streaks using a technique called PEARLIZING. Strands of hair are strategically picked in areas that will best brighten the hair and face and bleached to silvery white. This will allow mousy gray hair to become prettier and brighter. This technique will allow you to go two to three months before needing a retouch.
The reverse can be done to salt and pepper hair by adding dark strands to select areas of the head in the shade of your natural color. This technique is called Low-Lighting and by leaving a few natural white strands on the head, it makes the color more believable and long lasting. This method is great for those that have skin allergies since color does not touch the scalp. It can last two to three months before needing to retouch. This method works best on men since complete coverage on shorter hair makes it look artificial; however, men will need retouching more frequently.
The easiest method to cover gray is a single process blond. A light shade of blond is applied all over the head and processed for a specific amount of time. If the right formulation is applied, you can achieve a natural looking color with natural highlights. The salt and pepper in the hair will color differently, leaving the hair naturally shaded. This process needs to be retouched every four to six weeks. Single process is also used for brunettes and redheads, but the contrast between the gray and the rich warm hues is greater therefor needing touch ups more frequently.
The secret to beautifully colored hair is shading……Hair must have subtle tones of light to dark ….. whatever color you choose to have!
Gray hair is not any coarser than pigmented hair; it only appears to be that way because the white strands stand out. If you had thick coarse hair before you started to gray, you’ll have the same texture after you gray. If your hair was limp and fine, it will still be limp and fine after graying. To help gray hair stay supple and moisturized, use very little shampoo aimed only at the scalp without involving the hair shaft. Also conditioner must be applied to the hair shaft only– it should be absorbed by the hair, and any excess rinsed out. This method leaves the hair balanced; a clean scalp and supple, moisturized shaft, yielding plenty of body and ease of styling. For extra smoothness, you may apply silicone oil to the hair shaft before and after styling.
Hair Color FAQs
DOES COLOR DAMAGE HAIR?
Not if it’s properly applied. Damage occurs only when the colorist is not experienced in the technique or knowledgeable about the product. Actually, color can be very beneficial. It adds body and texture to fine, limp hair, making it more manageable. It improves on any dull natural shade and covers gray, to help you look years younger. We use Kenra, Davines and Goldwell at Salon Tease and they are very mild and contain conditioning ingredients, so that hair looks shinier and more beautiful – better than natural.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I COLOR MY HAIR?
It depends on your goal and the type of color procedure you and your colorist choose. If all you want is some well-placed highlights to enrich your existing color, upkeep is minimum, as little as three or four times a year. If you decide on an extreme color change or need to cover gray, you’ll probably have to re-touch roots every four to six weeks, since hair grows about a half-inch a month. There are techniques that allow you to go longer between touch-ups, so discuss your options with an experienced colorist.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY COLOR FROM CHANGING?
Many things influence hair color in between visits to the salon: your shampoo, sun exposure, the type of water in your area, your styling tools (products, hair dryers, flat irons). When you come back to the salon for a re-touch, the colorist will evaluate your hair for changes and make adjustments to your formula so your color will remain beautiful and consistent.
SHOULD I USE SPECIAL SHAMPOOS?
Always use a mild shampoo if you color your hair – like a shampoo especially formulated for color-treated hair. Massage the scalp thoroughly without scrubbing the ends – they’ll become clean automatically when you rinse out the shampoo. Excessive scrubbing of ends will make color fade faster and leave hair very dry and unmanageable. Rinse hair well before applying conditioner.
DRY, FLY-AWAY HAIR?
You’re probably scrubbing your ends too much, and not moisturizing them enough. Use very little shampoo and target just the scalp, and don’t rub the ends at all. Rinse thoroughly and use a tiny bit of conditioner on the ends only, without touching the scalp.
Most likely, you’re not getting the scalp clean enough, or not rinsing completely, leaving a residue. This makes styling difficult. When you shampoo, target the scalp and rinse very thoroughly. Apply just enough conditioner on the ends to make hair feel soft and tangle-free, and none at all on the scalp.
OILY SCALP AND DRY ENDS?
With this combination, you’re not targeting the scalp when you shampoo, just the ends. If you have a naturally oily scalp, it’s perfectly okay to shampoo your hair daily, as long as you don’t involve the ends. Target the scalp with a shampoo formulated for oily hair, rinse thoroughly, then apply a very small amount of conditioner on the ends as a moisturizer.
LIMP, UNMANAGEABLE HAIR?
You’re probably using too much product and not rinsing enough. Target the scalp using a minimal amount of shampoo, massaging the scalp to remove all the oils, dirt and bacteria. Rinse out completely, then use a minimal amount of conditioner to moisturize only the ends. Remember: Using more product will not give you better results.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this – hopefully this will help you when you are in the salon next time speaking with your stylist whether it is the amazing staff at Salon Tease, or your salon close to you. Don’t forget to check out our amazing website: http://www.facesbyfrohmberg.com OR http://www.salonteasenaples.com